Strolling through the Regency splendour of the Pittville Pump Room
Exploring the quiet lanes of picturesque Cotswold villages.
Hand picked accommodation offering the warmest of welcomes.
Discovering the numerous abbeys, historic houses and ruins which litter the area.
Enjoying the friendly atmosphere and great food of a Cotswold country pub.
Starting in the Regency town of Cheltenham this circular walk links the picturesque towns of the North Cotswolds with some of the most scenic walking in England. Walk between the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and discover why the Cotswolds are a honey pot for walkers.
Typical Cotswold cottages and villages, lush green countryside, historic houses, welcoming country pubs and inviting shops make the Cotswolds a walkers paradise and during the week you spend in the Cotswolds you are sure to fall in love with the Cotswolds over and over again.
You can add extra nights at any point on the trail and can use taxis or public transport to shorten the walks if necessary.
Day 1: Arrive Cheltenham Spa
Cheltenham Spa is 86 miles west of London and trains leave London
Paddington every 30 minutes. The journey takes about two hours fifteen
minutes by train. Cheltenham Spa is England’s most complete Regency
On arrival take the time to wander the elegant pavilion, squares and
terraces, which are lined by distinctive Regency Townhouses complete
with intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades. Cheltenham
enjoyed great fame for almost 100 years as a Spa town following the
visit of King George III and Queen Charlotte in 1788. Spa waters are
still available, but no longer the sole reason to visit Cheltenham.
Day 2: Cheltenham Spa to Winchcombe - 7.5 Miles
The walk starts at the Pittville Pump Rooms, probably the finest
example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham, set in the beautiful
Leaving Cheltenham you skirt the famous racecourse and soon climb the
Cotswold Escarpment at Cleeve Hill. The next six miles to Winchcombe
over Cleeve Common offer some of the most enjoyable walking on the
Cotswold Way. An area of open unimproved limestone grassland, the
walking is sublime.
Day 3: Winchcombe to Broadway- 10.5 - 11.5 Miles
Following the Cotswold Way you head north to the idyllic villages of
Stanton and Broadway. On the way you can visit Hailes Abbey and Stanway
House, some of the Cotswolds’ real gems.
Broadway has lured visitors for centuries and a stroll down the broad
tree lined High street is the perfect way to while away the evening.
Day 4: Broadway to Moreton on Marsh - 12.5 Miles
Your day starts with a steady climb to Broadway Tower, a unique
Capability Brown folly tower. Located at the second highest point on the
Cotswold Escarpment it offers one of the finest views in England.
After enjoying the tower enjoy a gentle stroll down to the honey
coloured cottages, tea rooms and gift shops of Chipping Campden.
Walking through the rolling hills of the
Cotswolds, wander through Broad Campden, Blockley and then to
Moreton-in-Marsh one of the most important market towns in the
Cotswolds, which still holds a weekly market on the wide main street.
Day 5: Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water- 10.5 Miles
As you leave Moreton-in-Marsh you can look forward to the most
delightful day of walking. Hopping between some of the prettiest
villages in the Cotswolds you soon reach Stow-on-the-Wold, an important
market town, whose streets are lined by art galleries, gift shops and
Don’t linger for too long as a few more miles through the rolling
Cotswold countryside bring you to Bourton-on-the-Water, probably the
prettiest village in Britain. Bourton is an absolute delight and is sure
to live up to your every expectation.
Day 6: Bourton-on-the-Water to Cheltenham Spa - 15.5 Miles
Following the river Windrush out of the Bourton-on-the-Water you are
quickly immersed in the Cotswold countryside. Naunton is the first of
several delightful Cotswold villages you visit. The day is punctuated by
wide open views, quiet woodlands and secluded valleys. The route leaves
the Windrush Way at Guiting Power and meanders through the countryside
to cross the Cotswold Way and finish at Prestbury, on the outskirts of
Day 7: Onward Travel
You can start The Cotswold Round on any date between March and October, subject to availability.To book select your preferred start date on the calendar.
Most of the route is marked by a variety of waymarks but you should be able to read a map and follow route descriptions closely. We do not recommend this walk for anybody with no experience of navigation.
This trip is graded moderate. The trail follows well maintained footpaths, bridleways, open fields and some minor roads. It does involve some relatively steep ascent and descent from the escarpment and days of up to 14 miles walking. The longer days can be shortened by taking local buses or taxis.
This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs their is a solo walker supplement payable.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
The distances and are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard gear we advise.